For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them. - Matthew 18:20
What are your services like?
Visiting any church for the very first time can be intimidating, but your visit to Spokane Baptist will be refreshing, friendly, and enjoyable for your whole family.
You'll experience uplifting hymns, helpful teaching and preaching, friendly people, and a place where you feel welcome and "at home"!
Our day starts with Bible Study at 9:15am. We have classes for adults and teens, and you don't need to register ahead of time. We'd love to have you join us for some practical Bible teaching! The Bible studies are over by 10:15am and then the main service begins at 10:30am, so you'll get a small break in between.
At our main service (10:30am) - we have about 30 minutes of what we call "Family time" where we sing some traditional hymns, have a few updates about what's going on around the church, and take time to pray for our missionaries or other outreach efforts. There's a 5 minute intermission, and then the focus of our service is on solid Bible preaching. We're usually all done with the service by 12:15 or 12:20. We love to give all our first time guests some small gifts (a book and a coffee mug) - but we promise not to embarrass you. We give our guests these gifts with as little fanfare as possible.
On Wednesday evenings, we have a less formal service that we call "Connection Groups". This service begins at 7:00pm and we are done by 8:00pm. We meet in the Connection building, and sit around tables in small groups of about 8 or less. This might sound intimidating, but we believe you'll quickly feel very welcome, and the value of fellowship in these small groups.
We sing a hymn, hear a short and practical devotional, and then have a sharing time around each table. This time is focused specifically on encouraging and praying for each other.
The teens have a special Bible Study and game time, and the younger children have a program we call "Team 119" with a Bible lesson and games for them also.
How are you handling COVID-19 and safety?
How should I dress?
There is not a dress code at Spokane Baptist Church for our members or guests. Our ministry leaders and some of our church family choose to dress in more traditional “Sunday” dress; however, our main goal is that you would feel welcome and comfortable on your visit here at Spokane Baptist!
Do you offer new visitor greeting?
Yes, we do! Please see the Plan Your Visit greeting form below, to let us know you're coming. We will be glad to meet you at the entrance and show you around once you arrive. We look forward to meeting you!
Where do I go once I get there?
Where do I take my children?
We absolutely love kids at Spokane Baptist and have programs for children of all ages at every service.
On Sundays, just stop by the Welcome Desk in the lobby on your way in, and we will be happy to assist you with determining where your children should go. We'll work with you to find the best fit for your kids - and of course they're always welcome to sit out in the main service with you!
For very young children, we have a special "Comfort Room" located right off the sanctuary where moms can take their little ones for some extra privacy and comfort if they'd like. The service is quietly streamed onto TVs in the Comfort Room, so you don't have to miss anything!
We also offer classes for ages 2-12 - each class has fun games and crafts and snacks - and a powerful Bible lesson.
Please visit the Connect > Children's Ministry section for additional information on our children's ministry.
For Teenagers, we have a Teen Bible study at 9:15am on Sundays - then at 10:30 we offer "Teen Church" where teenagers can have some snacks and social time during the "family time" of the main service - then they live-stream the main service... but with the option to "Pause the Pastor" and ask any questions they have right away during the service. Our Youth Pastor is right there in the room with them to help answer their questions and make sure they're getting the most out of church. On Friday nights at 6pm "The Gathering" is a highlight for all of our teens. This weekly event is filled with games - and then a prayer and Bible time at the end. Wednesday nights at 7pm are yet another Bible Study opportunity for our teens while the adults have their 'Connection Group' time.
Am I expected to participate in the offering?
You might be surprised to find that at Spokane Baptist, we don’t actually pass an offering plate around like most churches. We want our service to be a gift to you!
We do have a small offering box located by the entrance to our sanctuary, but please don't feel any obligation to give.
We hope you will find in this place a warm family spirit, truth from God's Word, and a place where you can grow in God's grace… free of charge!
What do you believe?
In its shortest form, this church family seeks after the heart of God by growing individually to be more Christ-like on a day-to-day basis through the careful study of the Word of God (the Bible). To see a full description of our specific beliefs and doctrine that we keep, please see the About Us > Beliefs section.
What kind of music do you use?
At Spokane Baptist Church, we sing traditional hymns (usually with the piano or a guitar). This isn’t because we desire to be “old fashioned” or because we don’t enjoy other types of music. Rather, it is because we believe that the hymn style of music offers several unique and important benefits that add great value to our services and help us to closely follow the Bible’s instructions on using ‘spiritual songs.’ We believe the benefit of singing hymns is:
1) They complement the preaching of the Bible
2) They help to set the right tone for the service
3) They help us switch gears from the common to more sacred matters
4) They tie generations of Christians together
How do I get to know people?
Great question! We believe that you'll find one of the really wonderful things about Spokane Baptist Church is our naturally friendly church family! Spokane Baptist has many opportunities to gather and get to know one another between Sunday after-service lunches, Sunday Adult Bible Study, Wednesday Connection Groups, Men's Breakfasts, Ladies Luncheons, and frequent all church events. See the Connect page for all the upcoming events.
Will there be Communion?
We hold Communion once every six months in the main service. Typically it is announced a couple of weeks before. You do not have to be a member to participate in Communion, however, you do have to be saved and a believer in Jesus Christ. This is because the observance of Communion is by commandment of the Lord Jesus, to remember the sacrifice that He made for us on the cross, for our salvation. Please see our About Us > Beliefs section for more detail.
1 Corinthians 11:23-26
Are the buildings handicap accessible?
Yes! Our entire church is ground-level with wide doors, and we have handicap accessible restrooms, and seating areas.
Do you have any special needs accommodations?
Yes! Our church has the following accommodations for special needs:
Special Needs: Our first choice is to try to integrate your special needs family member into whatever classroom or service is most appropriate for them. Just let us know what you need, and we'll be glad to work with you! We also have a "Special Needs Room" designed with special needs kids in mind. It's a great space for kids that need to take a break from their normal classroom - or who will want to spend the entire service in there. It's already got a lot of fun sensory toys - and we'll be glad to stock the room with any specific items that will help your child feel comfortable and at-home!
Hearing assist devices: For our hearing impaired church family members - they receive all the sound that is broadcast from the church service including singing, videos, and special event music
Comfort room: A quite room for nursing mothers, next to the Sanctuary where you can watch the service via Live Stream in a more private setting.
We are always happy to make to make accommodations for special needs, when and where ever possible, just please let us know what we can do to help you.
We know we cannot possibly answer every potential question you might have here, so if there is more that you need to know that we've somehow missed, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to hearing from you!
Wherefore receive ye one another, as Christ also received us to the glory of God. - Romans 15:7
Plan Your Visit
First time at Spokane Baptist?
Don’t want to go alone?
Or maybe you’ve been a few times but you’d like to ask a few questions, tour the property, or connect with a pastor?
Everyone has their own comfort level when visiting a church for the first time, and we want to do everything we can to make your visit as stress free as possible.
Schedule your visit now and we will:
Introduce you around
Get your kids registered in advance and help you get them checked-in
Save you a seat in service
Introduce you to our Lead Pastor
So schedule your visit right now. We can’t wait to meet you!
Of course, if you’d prefer to just come check out a service on your own, we’d love for you to do that also!
When you arrive, you can either just head straight to the Sanctuary (see the Visitor Map), or stop by the Welcome Desk where the friendly Welcome Host will help you navigate our church, get kids to the right place, and answer any questions you may have.
What to Expect
Here's some of the common things you can expect to find when you visit:
Biblical, relevant teaching that makes God's Word understandable.
Singing traditional hymns as well as a variety of special music.
A safe, fun, Jesus-centered environment for your kids.
Service begins with a 30 minute ‘Family Time’ of hymns, announcements, and exciting updates on current church ministries. There’s a 5-10 minute intermission, then a Scripture reading and a biblical sermon that is usually about an hour long.
A light lunch that is served right after the service. This is a great chance to get to know some people!
Friendly volunteers ready to answer any questions that you may have.